Walking Rocks?

Query: When I was in Death Valley earlier this year, I saw some enormous 750-pound rocks that appear to travel across the desert on their own. I remembered your article about rock tortoises, and wondered if that’s what these rocks could be?

Corn of Plenty (Part 4 of 4): A Field Guide by Dr. Midas Welby

Corns of the Air: Air-corns utilize their horns for jousting, playing tic-tac-toe, and spearing food in mid-flight. Air-corns often lurk undetected in trees, wood piles, and rain gutters. When bored, they use their horns to ring the doorbells of unsuspecting humans. When the door begins to open, the air-corn flies away.


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A Present For Imaginaries: When winter comes, I get concerned about providing extra shelter from the elements for Imaginaries. Recently, I read about people who build wildlife brush shelters out of branches and plants in their yards, and thought this was a great idea.

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The Reason For Garden Gnomes: Sometimes people who fill their gardens with a lot of plaster garden gnomes get teased for it (see photo). But at my house in northern Maine, not only do we have garden gnomes, we have a family of plaster ducks, a statue of St. Francis, a water fountain, an iron deer, a model of a gingerbread cottage, and plenty of waist-high shrubs.


Because all of these things offer great cover for any gnome-sized people who come to visit. They are the best allies we’ve got in the work we do to protect and defend Imaginaries, and you just never know when one of them might need to be in the neighborhood.

One morning I went out to catch the school bus and found a small creature sleeping on the ground between two plaster garden gnomes. I think he may have been a Meesumwasuck, because he was wearing brightly-colored clothing and I didn’t think he was as ugly as they say the Nagumwasuck people are supposed to be.

Even though a whole school bus of kids pulled up right in front of my house, nobody even noticed he was there, because he looked like he belonged on my lawn, in among all the plaster gnomes.

By the time I got home from school, he was gone.

The next weekend, I took all the allowance I’d saved up and bought another gnome for our garden. This one is lying down, like he’s taking a nap, and he’s wearing brightly-colored clothes. That way, if the Meesumwasuck comes back, he’ll look even more like just another lawn ornament, and can stay as long as he likes. – Elf, Junior Apprentice Iranigami Agent


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